Innovation Lab: HB & WomHub to Create New Opportunities in Botswana

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HB Antwerp Partners with WomHub to Create New Opportunities in Botswana through the HB Innovation Lab

Antwerp, July 15, 2021 – Today, Belgian diamond company HB Antwerp announced its partnership with boutique incubator WomHub to launch the HB Innovation Lab, a comprehensive training program designed to recruit Botswanan engineering students – particularly women –to cultivate sector-specific skills and attract local talent for the company’s diamond operations facility in Botswana.

The program has been created to support Botswanans pursuing STEM careers, offering meaningful, in-country training and job opportunities. The program also aims to support the Botswanan economy, fostering long-term talent development and brand exposure for new graduates and midcareer engineers, while furthering gender parity in the diamond industry. Additionally, HB Antwerp aims to extend job offers to some of the participants upon completion of the program.

“HB Antwerp is delighted to launch this exciting program with WomHub, especially since it has such tangible outcomes. We recognize that African youth don’t just need another training program — they need real job opportunities, and we are proud that job creation and gender parity are key areas of focus for this program,” said Oded Mansori, CEO of HB Antwerp.

“WomHub believes we must foster African entrepreneurship and innovation in order to cultivate the workforce for the future. This includes supporting more women in STEM. We are excited to partner with HB Antwerp to bring this mission to the diamond industry,” shared Hema Vallabh, CEO of WomHub.

The program will be accepting applications until 02 August 2021and commencing in September. Those chosen for permanent positions at the diamond operations facility will be onboarded at the start of 2022.

About HB Antwerp

HB Antwerp turns the diamond supply chain upside down starting with the customer. Using technology, we bring simplicity and transparency to a typically complex supply chain. Everything happens in a closed loop, backed with the latest technologies and tracked with blockchain making it 100% transparent from diamond mine to market.

About WomHub

WomHub is a boutique pan-African incubator for female led innovation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Manufacturing). WomHub works to design and implement programs for clients which provide a holistic offering of business services with the purpose of building diverse supply chains, entrepreneurship ecosystems and workforce ready for the future. ​